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One Nation Under SurveillanceA New Social Contract to Defend Freedom Without Sacrificing Liberty$
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Simon Chesterman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199674954

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199674954.001.0001

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‘The United Nations Has No Intelligence’

‘The United Nations Has No Intelligence’

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(p.157) 6 ‘The United Nations Has No Intelligence’
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One Nation Under Surveillance
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Simon Chesterman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199674954.003.0006

This chapter examines how the response to transnational threats has led to a reassessment of how intelligence can be shared through international organisations, with particular reference to the relevance of the United Nations debate over whether countries such as the United States should share intelligence with and through the UN before turning to a discussion of five areas in which it has been used within the UN system: peacekeeping, weapons inspections, targeted financial sanctions, the use of force, and international criminal prosecution. It then analyses the use of national intelligence in an international forum and its implications for the ability of intelligence agencies to maintain appropriate secrecy. The chapter concludes by outlining the limits of cooperation with regards to intelligence and the UN's lack of an intelligence capacity of its own.

Keywords:   transnational threats, intelligence, United Nations, collective security, peacekeeping, weapons inspections, targeted financial sanctions, use of force, international criminal prosecution, secrecy

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